Google Nexus 7: Screen Capture Save and Share

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It was probably just a matter of time before I attempted to do some of the same things on the Google Nexus 7 that I do all the time on my home computers. My fist project was a screen capture. This entry describes how to capture a screen on the Nexus 7 and save it to your Google Drive.

To capture a screen, press and hold the power and volume down buttons simultaneously. When the screen is captured, you will see a picture of your captured screen, then it will quickly shrink and disappear.

Your captured screen is automatically saved to your Gallery. To access your Gallery, touch the circle icon with the six dots, at the bottom of your screen. You will then see a screen full of apps. The Gallery is one of them.

After you’ve located the Gallery icon, touch it, and you will see your screen capture. Next, touch your screen capture to select it. After it is selected, you will see a share icon at the top of your screen.

Surprisingly, the first time I did a screen capture, there was no option to share it to Google Drive. There was an option for Picasa, Google+ Gmail and Bluetooth, but no Drive. If Drive is not an option on your Nexus 7, you will need to go to Google Play Store (the shopping bag icon with a foreword arrow at the bottom of your Nexus 7) search for, and then install the free Google Drive App.

When you return to your Gallery after installing the Google Drive App, you will see the Google Drive Icon at the top of your screen when you select your image. Touch the Google Drive icon, and a window will open with a file name for your captured screen. Select OK to save it. Because I had already installed Mac Google Drive on my MacBook Pro, the image was automatically synchronized and available in the local Google Drive folder on the Mac. The captured image size is 1280 x 800.

The image at the top of this post was captured from the Star Trek Generations information provided by The Google Fiber Guide. To reduce the size, I used Aperture, on my Mac, but you can use any image editor you have available.

Additional Info:

When I was researching how to capture a screen on the Nexus 7, I read that a file manager would also be handy to have for organizing and managing files on the Nexus 7, and a free one, ES Explorer was mentioned. After researching further, I decided to download and install Solid Explorer instead, which cost 1.99. (You have to download the free trial version first).

I mention this because you pay for Solid Explorer and other apps using Google Wallet. I was unaware that I had Google Wallet, so I went to my laptop to set it up first, and, to my surprise, I already had a Google Wallet account. The only transaction listed was the initial Google Fiber $10 Pre-registration Fee.

So, if you have Google Fiber, you most likely already have a Google Wallet account. I was probably so excited about signing up for Google Fiber at the time, that I forgot about it.

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